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AI/ML Based Autonomous Mission Planning for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Missions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-22-C-0179
Agency Tracking Number: N21B-T021-0092
Amount: $239,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N21B-T021
Solicitation Number: 21.B
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-01-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-03-13
Small Business Information
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-1111
United States
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Paul Scerri
 (703) 342-4660
Business Contact
 Sara Mastro
Phone: (703) 587-8023
Research Institution
 Carnegie Mellon University
 Sebastian Scherer
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

 (412) 589-9581
 Nonprofit College or University

RIPACS will provide a novel capability for small UAVs, specifically Group 4 5 vehicles such as the MQ8 Fire Scout, extending their autonomy from pre mission planning through to landing. Being able to fly through a series of waypoints is a well established capability, but human operators are required to layout plans, update plans based on incoming data and react to contingencies.  Requiring humans for all these tasks is not always operationally feasible nor cognitively reasonable when mission plans should be updated very quickly due rapidly changing situation and emergence of the threats. Moreover, often the UAV operators will (or should) have other critical tasks that are taking their attention away from control of the UAV – the data from the UAV might be critical to overall mission success, but details of its plan are not.  Thus, full autonomy for Group 4 5 UAVs, from takeoff to landing is highly desirable, with human operators only providing supervisory control and input when their mission objectives change or when their interpretation of the situational data implies a change in the basic mission of the UAV. RIPACS will provide a framework for UAV autonomy and management for a complete mission, from takeoff to landing.

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